3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Alright mix with some great individual tracks,
This review is from: Fabric18 - Baby Mammoth Beige and Solid Doctor: (Audio CD)
An interesting Fabric release this one, I personally would have associated it more with the FabricLIVE series. Three seperate outfits go head to head with a selection of their tracks, children of the Pork Recordings sounds. Baby Mammoth, Beige and Solid Doctor (one half of Fila Brazillia).
As a mix CD it doesn't quite flow right for me, its more of a showcase album for each artist. Baby Mammoth and Beige serve up hefty doses of some of their tracks and Solid Doctor has plenty of efforts from Fila's 23 Records label.
Quirky leftfield funk is the order of the day, influences from all genres getting poured into the big mixing pot, with organic instruments married against good old electronics. The Solid Doctor section is similar in mood to the recent Pheobus Brumal Fila album, lots of sparky funk laden tracks. Nicely bumpy tempo.
I love some of the Beige tracks, I'd never heard of Beige before but the groovy eletroid funk of Sizzling Finch and harsh electro of BottleBack are deffo very nice. Baby Mammoth offers up the best selection tracks, in a similar vein too, and its nice to finally hear a few tracks from an artist I've heard about but never managed to check and I do like the way Finale grinds along and the opener Elephunk is nicely spine tingling. I have to say, from this wee glimpse I don't think I've managed to get the full picture of what he's about yet. My problem with the mix is that its all a bit 'background music' for me... too much of the same, not the variety of a standalone artist album, the artists don't quite get the chance to shine as if they got a CD to do each. Its all a bit like a promotional materials album. Its good if you like to quickly flick to the tracks that find you enjoy but I don't think I've ever had the patience to stick it on from beginning to end. Baby Mammoth starts off the mix with purpose but it just loses the spark as the mix progresses.
Cramming all three onto this one disc didn't end up with the quality mix that you would hope from quality artists. I've heard Fila do some nice mix CDs in the past and they are head and shoulders above this effort yet retaining the same leftfield funk vibe. A good effort, some good tracks but not outstanding, I wouldn't recommend this as anyones first purchase in the Fabric series, but as a subscriber who gets them sent out each month, I'm happy to have it in the collection. At least its not some god awful Ministry Of Sound compilation...